Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Long struggle comes to an end for Tai Hobson

Long struggle comes to an end for Tai Hobson

Yesterday, ten years after filing a claim against the Corrections Department over their grossly negligent management of the man who killed his wife, Tai Hobson finally received a miserly payout from the government by way of ex gratia payment – a payment which admits no liability, and establishes no precedent.

“Obviously the payment to Tai had to be related to the $300,000 Sue Couch accepted to settle her legal claim against the Department, but this is just stinginess by the politicians” said Sensible Sentencing National Chairman Garth McVicar. “And whatever the Minister may claim, she decided what to pay”.

“The $300,000 ‘settlement’ to Sue Couch was far too little for the terrible injuries she suffered, and we believe that settlement only occurred because a trial of her case was imminent, and the almost unbelievable negligence of the Probation Service in 2001 – which directly led to the deaths of Tai’s wife and two others – was about to be exposed in open court.” McVicar said.

“These cases, and others pending, are realistically the victims and society fighting back against years of criminal friendly legislation that has exposed innocent members of the public to an unacceptable risk when dangerous offenders are released.”

“Although it is fair to say things have improved considerably since 2001, this payment to Tai is a sobering reminder to the politicians of the inevitable consequence of getting it badly wrong when allowing violent recidivist offenders parole” said McVicar.

“William Bell should never had been anywhere near the Panmure RSA, and thus in a position to kill three people and horrendously injure another, who was clearly never meant to survive. Bell should have been immediately returned to prison when he contemptuously rolled the paper setting out his parole conditions into a ball and threw it at the inexperienced probation officer who was ‘managing’ him” McVicar said.

“While our laws in this area have improved somewhat, someone like Bell who repeated that behaviour on parole would still not be immediately returned to jail as would be the case in other jurisdictions.”

“In New Zealand legislators talk about having a ‘a duty of care’ to the public but when things go wrong they pass the buck and duck for cover, the RSA case is setting a precedent and while no amount of money can replace the lives lost it is the only means the victims’ have of punishing those who have contributed to their horrendous suffering.”

“Tai has endured the ten year struggle for recognition of the Department’s terrible failings remarkably well. We hope this payment – niggardly and far too late as it is – brings some comfort to his twilight years.” ENDS


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Declaring Premature Victory

Sure enough, Saturday’s Vaxathon was a barrel of fun and a throwback not merely to the Telethons of the past. It also revived memories of those distant days of early 2020, when we were all carefully wiping down our groceries, not touching our faces, washing our hands for 20 seconds and responding to level four lockdowns by putting teddy bears in the window for the benefit of the little kids walking by in their family bubbles. Those were the days, when the Team of Five Million felt like a real, organic thing... More>>

RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces Cabinet decision on Covid-19 alert levels

Northland will move to level 2 at 11.59pm on 19 October. Waikato will be held at level 3, to be reviewed on Friday. Auckland will remain in level 3 with current restrictions for another two weeks... More>>



Government: Red Tape Cut To Boost Housing Supply
First home buyers are set to benefit from changes to planning rules being advanced by the Government and the National Party that will enable more medium density housing and cut red tape that acts as a barrier to development... More>>


Economy: Inflation highest in over a decade
The consumers price index rose 2.2 percent in the September 2021 quarter, the biggest quarterly movement since a 2.3 percent rise in the December 2010 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Excluding quarters impacted by increases to GST rates, the September quarter movement was the highest since the June 1987 quarter... More>>


Government: New Zealand Increases Climate Aid Contribution

The Government is making a four-fold increase in the support it provides to countries most vulnerable to the climate emergency, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>

Pay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels